Priest spends 10 months building amazing Vatican replica out of LEGO
A LEGO model of the Vatican is on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in honour of Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States.
Father Bob Simon spent about 10 months constructing a mini St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter's Square.
While he is not sure how many pieces he used to make this replica, he told CBS Philadelphia that he may have used as much as half a million— including about 44,000 cobblestones in the square.
Father Simon based the model off a book cover image and watched YouTube videos to figure out how to construct the basilica's round shape.
Since St. Peter's Square is always a hub of activity, Father Simon filled the piazza with all sorts of LEGO characters, including a miniature figure of himself.
There's a LEGO Pope addressing the crowd in St. Peter's Square and, our favourite detail: a tourist nun with an iPhone and a selfie stick.
Father Simon's popular creation is being displayed alongside 'The Art of the Brick,' an exhibit of Lego sculptures, and 'Vatican Splendors,' at The Franklin Institute in honour of the Pope's first visit to the United States.
The Pope will visit New York City, Philadelphia and Washington from September 22 to 27.
While there are no official plans for Pope Francis to visit the Vatican replica, Father Simon hopes to see him at the papal mass on September 27 in Philadelphia.